New project to showcase Egypt’s military history

Karnak Temple (Xinhua/Zhao Dingzhe)

Karnak Temple (Xinhua/Zhao Dingzhe)

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced a major project to retell the country’s military history from the ancient Egyptian era to the present day through the opening of several historical sites to tourists as well as the setting up of new museum displays.

The project involves the restoration of the ancient Horus Military Road in Sinai, which hosts the sites of ancient fortresses and military structures, El-Enany said.

The project includes the opening of seven sites that will be refurbished to make them tourist-friendly, three of which are in Qantara East and four in Qantara West.

“This is a new tourist site with very distinguished monuments that relate to Egypt’s military history through different time periods,” El-Enany told Ahram Online.

The project also involves the establishment of a panorama and a museum displaying Egypt’s military history, he explained, saying the panorama is to be built in collaboration with Egypt’s Armed Forces in the area between the old Suez Canal and its newly dug extension.

The project set to be completed in 12 months, will start following a meeting with Egypt’s Armed Forces. The site is expected to include: a visitor centre, bookstore, souvenir shop and cafeteria.

Two buildings displaying a panorama of ancient Egyptian fortresses, similar to the October War Panorama in Nasr City in Cairo, are also planned.

El-Enany hopes that the panorama building will be similar to the newly inaugurated Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) in Marseille, France, with both MuCEM and the panorama buildings overlooking the sea.

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